The Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary

Click on a letter of the alphabet to start browsing the dictionary or on one of the items listed below to see the complete entry for that item. Entries include the definition of the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet word in English and its part of speech. Many entries also provide information about the item’s inflection (endings and prefixes), notes about its cultural significance, and English keywords that you can click on to see lists of related terms. Entries may also include audio recordings and example sentences, as well as links to videos that feature the word.

To learn more about Passamaquoddy-Maliseet pronunciation and grammar click on one of the instructional documents in the menu on the right.

This dictionary is a work in progress. Its contents are updated and expanded on a regular basis.

A | C | E | H | I | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | W | Y
Entry Definition
it is turned inside-out, is folded back
s/he is back from having quarreled or argued or fought, etc.
s/he thaws h/, defrosts h/ (e.g., frozen food)
s/he picks sweetgrass without cleaning it as s/he goes along (i.e., without removing withered blades and other waste)
s/he thaws it, defrosts it (e.g., frozen food)
(potatoes) home fries
s/he warms up or reheats food
it warms up or reheats food
s/he warms it up (left-over food)
s/he is back from having picked berries
s/he, it melts
it melts
(see acaqaluhs)
it is crumpled in pleats
it wrinkles as it moves; it crumples in pleats, bunches up
s/he wrinkles as s/he moves; s/he crumples in pleats, bunches up
(shoe, rotting pumpkin, etc.) s/he gradually settles and spreads, gradually crumples
s/he sits slumped over
(tire, bread dough) s/he gradually deflates
(balloon, etc.) it gradually deflates
s/he stretches story
(three-dimensional object) s/he, it is bigger
s/he, it costs more, is more expensive, is worth more
s/he adds to it, magnifies it, enlarges it; s/he makes more of it, stretches or exaggerates it (e.g., story)
s/he exaggerates something belonging to h/